Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tenants eyed as suspects in Star City fire


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These photos show what’s left of the famous theme park Star City after it was razed. PHOTOS BY PAUL SUGANO

Investigators believe that the fire that tore through Star City last week was a case of arson and some of its tenants are being eyed as suspects.

Pasay City fire marshal Supt. Paul Pili said gasoline was found in the some areas in the entertainment complex and one tenant brought in cotton on the day of the fire.

“In the minds of our investigators, there is already arson. But this should be proven because we saw presence of gasoline,” Pili said.

He said investigators already have a list of suspects, including a “certain Mr. Wong,” a tenant.

Investigators have ruled out electrical problems as the cause of the fire, because the complex was closed when the blaze occurred and power was shut down.

Pili said the owners of the entertainment complex and their tenants would be summoned as the investigation of the fire continues.

However, the Star City management said it was “inappropriate” for authorities to say that it was a case of arson when probers have yet to conclude their investigation.

“We feel that it was inappropriate, to say the least, to release statements to media first regarding arson as the cause of fire when the investigation is not clearly concluded,” it said in a statement posted on Facebook. EVA CASALJAY



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